30Good news for Indian technicians, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have decided to conduct a second lottery round for the issuance of H-1B visas for the year. This is because the number of H-1B visas issued after the first round was below the annual cap of 85,000 visas imposed by Congress.

“We recently determined that we need to select additional registrations to meet FY2022 numerical allocations,” USCIS said in a statement.

Poorvi Chothani, Founder and Managing Partner of global immigration law firm LawQuest, said Activity area that this was the second year in a row that a second lottery round was organized. “The additional selections will only concern enough registrations to reach the annual cap. This is a welcome development for our clients who need skilled talent in the United States to meet their job expectations. “

“USCIS did not indicate how many entries it selected in the second round. However, he said he received more than 303,000 registrations in March. The petitioners have seen a selection rate of around 25% for the 2022 fiscal year cap, which is much lower than in previous years, ”Chothani said.

Application process

“The period for filing petitions based on selected entries on July 28 will begin on August 2 and end on November 3.

“People with selected records will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice, which includes details on when and where to file,” USCIS said.

Even entries selected in the first round will get an extension to apply for the visa, USCIS said. The initial filing period for those with selected records for fiscal year 2022 was April 1, 2021 to June 30.

However, online filing will not be available for H-1B applicants.

Capped petition

USCIS added that an H-1B cap-subject request must be properly filed at the appropriate service center and within the filing period indicated on the relevant registration selection notice.

Petitions will be filed on paper and must include a printed copy of the applicable entry selection notice along with the FY2022 H-1B cap-subject petition.

“The period for filing petitions based on selected entries on July 28 will begin on August 2 and end on November 3. “

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